Incident Summary:

02/16/2013: A suicide bomber and five gunmen attacked the home of General Aouni Ali, the head of Iraq's intelligence academy, in Tal Afar city, Tal Afar district, Nineveh governorate, Iraq. The assailants opened fire on Ali's bodyguards outside of his home, killing two guards. Ali and a third guard emerged from the home and opened fire on the attackers, causing the assailant's suicide vest to detonate, killing Ali. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities later arrested a suspected member of Al-Qaida in Iraq in connection with the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tal Afar

Location Details:
Tal Afar District

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS)
Specific Description Academy Head: Brigadier General Aouni Ali
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two suicide bombers and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Intelligence academy chief killed in Iraq," CNN Wire, February 16, 2013.
"Blasts kill senior Iraq intel officer, four others," Agence France Presse, February 16, 2013.
"Suicide bomber kills senior Iraqi army officer," Reuters, February 16, 2013.